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Tusker Premium Lager - East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)

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BA SCORE
70
okay

558 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3
pDev: 20.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries) visit their website
Kenya

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 06-18-2002)
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2/5  rDev -33.3%

jmdrpi, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of taigor
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into regular pint glass.

A - Poured clear pale yellow straw color with very thin head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Slightly malty with floral and corn hints but not much there.

T - Very grainy with taste of corn and slight flavors of malt and yeast. Slightly metallic taste towards the finish.

M - Light bodied with average carbonation.

O - Very simple adjunct lager. Not much was expected and this lager proved to be just that. I would not recommend it.

taigor, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of tvv375ia
2.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-nice gold color with a 2 finger head that faded to almost a cap with no lacing with something suspended throughout that doesn't really appear to be yeast but at least it is not still swimming

S-slight malt presence in the smell but noting that is really strong

T-malt with a little corn something like corn flakes

M-carbonation is ok

O-not bad but for $2.99 for a 12oz bottle I think I would rather drink BMC for $0.50 a can and not have the floaties

tvv375ia, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- I know this is a style based on paleness but this is an abusrdly pale golden. Head is two and a half fingers with a good bit of lacing.
S- The smell is pleasing with a floral crackery aroma. Pretty straightfoward but pleasant.
T- The taste loses some of that. It's still crackery but there's no floral note. It's pretty much pilsner malt and a clean finish.
M- It's more or less watery. Very little carbonation.
O- It's not worse than many adjunct lagers. But it's not much better either. Wouldn't seek out again.

jsprain1, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of fsvan
2.55/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into imperial pint glass.

A- Pale, golden straw. Minimal barely off white head that dissipates quickly and cleanly.

S- A fair amount of bready malts. Really clean for an adjunct lager. No corn, funkiness you think of with Heineken or Bud or the like. No real hop presence. Almost smells like a marzen.

T- There's that adjunctiness that the smell is lagging. The bready malts are gone, replaced with corn like notes. Not strong, but not pleasant. Not really much else to say.

M- Very light. Slight tingle from the carbonation.

O- Not a horrible adjunct lager, but not very good either, certainly not at the price of $2.50 a bottle. I admittedly bought this as a bit of a novelty having never had an African brewed beer and really liking the cap to add to the collection. That being said, this is a one and done for sure.

fsvan, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of WastingFreetime
2.23/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Transcribed from my tasting notebook.

Mildly clouded pale straw yellow, very fizzy head like a soft drink, that goes away completely in an instant, no lacing. Smells like a malt with lots of sweet corn adjuncts and strange metallic odors, some earthy-type noble hops (but not very strong) Taste includes more of the annoying metallic presence, some sweet malts completely out of balance with the faint attempt at hopping, mouthfeel is overly watery and not very satisfying at all. I'm probably never going to visit this one ever again, I do not recommend it. Too similar to any other BMC to justify the price.

WastingFreetime, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.05/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I would not move to Africa just to get this, but it is a very drinkable decent brew. Light honey color and sublime hoppiness. Clean rereshing taste but a bit middle of the road; then again the style of pale lager itself is middle of the road! I would drink it again but not go out of my way to do so!

CaptJackHarkness, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
2.4/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a light, straw yellow with an ample white fizz head formed from large bubbles and settles quickly.

S: Aroma is malty with a touch of bitterness and strong with bright honey sweetness, very unusual but welcome for a traditional lager.

T/M: Flavor is more subdued but a lot like what a standard issue lager should be: medium carbonation, tiny bit of hoppy bitterness, touch of honey sweetness, lingering malts, very basic and very light.

It goes down smooth, though, and fast, ideal for a hot day when flavor might take a back seat to refreshment but very average otherwise.

TheBeerAlmanac, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow with a small 1/2 inch white head that fades to an oily film on the top of the beer. Random broken rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain, corn flakes, and slight buttered bread. Taste is of sweet grain, light fruit flavors, and some slight citrus flavors on the finish. This beer has a pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good lager and my first beer ever from Africa. I am impressed with this one to be quite honest.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale golden color color with a very thin off-white head. Some spotty lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet and grainy with some boiled corn and a little honey. Yeast creeps in the more the beer warms.

T: Pretty similar to the smell. Lots of grain, some butter, corn, yeast and a bit of malt. Not exactly a clean finish. Kind of a lingering, yeasty flavor at the end. Yuck.

notchucknorris, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of Thehuntmaster
1.78/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml bottle 4,2% Abv
Served cold in a snifter.

Thanks to my friend Jon for bringing this back from his trip to climb Kilimanjaro.

Appearance: Pretty standard for a lager. Pale gold with a large, white, fast dissipating head.

Smell: Touch of pale malt, cooked vegetables and metallic notes. Nothing in the way of hops. Certainly not good, but actually not as bad as most African lager.

Taste: " but actually not as bad as most African lager" - I take that back. Horrid - watery, corn, vegetables, metallic...

Mouthfeel: Light, watery and over carbonated. So, pretty average for the style.

Overall: If I had just climbed Kilimanjaro, I could drink it. Sitting in a comfortable chair in my room - NO!

Thehuntmaster, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Translucent yellow with no head. Only a small ring around the glass. Light and sweet grainy corn and some hay in the nose. Flavor is crisp and sweet however it is grainy and bland. The finish has a mild amount of carbonation which leaves a tingle on the tongue. No hops are evident. It was descent, nothing exciting. I'd drink it over any macro.

DrinkingDrake, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, straw yellow with one finger of off-white head. Decent retention and lace.

S: Sweet malt, some faint corn, a little earthiness.

T: A bit sweet up front, finishes dry with a touch of hops and also the alcohol sometimes peeking through. No off flavors, not bad for the style. After a while, some dry biscuit flavor joins the lineup.

M: Light, smooth, soda-like carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer, again, judging according to the style. Light and refreshing, no off-flavors. Would drink it again if offered, might not seek it out, though. Worth a try.

AmericanGothic, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

3.5 A: Pale yellow color. Two fingers of fizzy white head that retains better than I thought it would and leaves no lacing.

3.5 S: Grainy and grassy with rice. Not much going on here, but not as pungently bad as most of the style.

3.0 T: Weak graininess with noticeable rice component.

3.0 M: Light body. Creamy for how light it is.

3.0 D: Didn't expect much from this and that's what I got. Not as bad as a lot of swill though.

DavoleBomb, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of jhtipton
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard water glass in Djibouti. Nice golden straw appearance, clear, and provided some head and mild lacing. Nice skunky aroma like some European or German lagers. Actually flavour was better than expected. Some breadiness, some mild bitterness, and some mild metallic taste. Mouth feel is light to medium bodied, refreshing on a hot summer afternoon in East Africa. Overall a very average lager but would drink again if the situation arises.

jhtipton, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light, golden amber colour with a thin, soapy white head that is really no more than a thin lacing.

All the usual adjunct notes to it including a little grain and corn. Quite standard for the style with minimal hops & an almost indistinct citrus aroma.

Sweet tasting with more hops than the nose suggested and a little grain again. A nice, mild bitter finish that rounds the beer off nicely. The beer is quite mild.

Light bodied with excellent carbonation making a very refreshing & crisp lager that went down very nicely. The finish is quite dry but this has a great mouthfeel.

Not the greatest beer or even pale lager out there but still a solid, very good drink that one should definitely try.

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flyingpig, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a Tusker whilst visitng the Tusker restaurant in the Animal Kingdom of Walt Disney. Tusker Lagar has a clear golden color with decent carbonation which provided a nice white foamy head. The smell and taste are powered by grain, but there is an interesting taste as it comes off the pallete...not sure if that is a malt that they are using or not.. The beer is easy on teh mouth and is best suited to be drank on hot summer days.

WoodBrew, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of evlu1441
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first beer I've had from the African Continent. I really like the label and bottle cap.

It pours a light golden colour with a thin head. I'm surprised at the good head retention!

The smell is light and grainy, but pleasant.

The flavour is pretty good! It's very light, but all the good things about a light beer! there is a very slight hop flavour with a slightly dry finish. Very fine carbonation make this a really smooth drink.

Overall, this is a really refreshing beer, and I can imagine that it's incredibly satisfying on a hot Kenyan afternoon. If this was slightly cheaper, I'd drink it all the time in the summer!

evlu1441, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of harrymel
2.05/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blind #8- 12oz bottle

A: Light straw ale with brilliant clarity, when held to my pc screen, pretty sure the pixels are amplified for visual assessment. Single finger of white foam falls quickly to a sheet of the same with a central cap. the Collar hugs the glass, but doesn’t keep around - no lacing. (3)

S: Grain, minerals. Reminds me of a Picpoul wine. Very French/mineral and chemical smells. Hints of banana and yeast. Wouldn’t call this complex. (2)

T: Watered down vitamin water with carbonation. When I say vitamin water, I’m talking a One-A-Day pill, crushed and mixed into a solute, then carbonated. Hint of butter. (2)

M: light and still sticky - seems to stick to my palate and dries it to an extent. Highly carbonated. (2)

O: Not really feeling this beer. (2)

Guess: lager of some kind. Cheap.
Reveal: Tusker lager from Kenya.

Not surprised.

harrymel, May 29, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
2.2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I am off of CANs for a short time to realign my bottle numbers and this was a recent acquisition from tone77 who likes to keep me in bottles.

From the bottle: "Tusker Lager has been brewed in East Africa since 1922. Named after the elephant that killed George Hurst, one of the brewery's founders, Tusker claims that special heritage of being one of the first beers in East Africa. Over the years, this unique lager has become a part of East Africa's rich tradition. Tusker is brewed with high quality malt, made from equatorial barley grown at the base of Mt. Kenya, choicest hops and water that springs from the renowned Aberdare mountain range. Tusker's famous crisp, refreshing taste and finest quality has continuously earned Gold Medals in the prestigious International Monde Selection Awards."

The pour resulted in a finger of dense, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a really light yellow, so light that it made me think that I have passed darker urine. NE-plus quality clarity in that I could see into the future with this one. Nose had a very cereal/silage/cooked vegetable scent and I was not terribly surprised. Mouthfeel was medium with an unexpected blandness in the mouth. This was almost like drinking water in terms of its lack of taste. Finish was equally bland and boring. It was not bad, just unimpressive.

woodychandler, May 26, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up on a whim from KJ Baarons when I saw a beer from Africa. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a typical unappealing yellow adjunct lager colour with a nice two finger head that faded quickly though surprisingly left a thin white halo and even a little clouding. Wow.

S - Standard run of the mill aromas here. Bready grains and nearly no hops.

T - More of the above with that bread and grain flavour along with just a hint of honey. Light hop too.

M - Surprising carbonation here. Step above regular adjunct lagers, but still cant help the watery mouthfeel.

O - Overall, not a bad adjunct lager. While I'm not really a fan of this style at all, I'm glad I got to try an African beer. Wouldn't buy it again though.

rudzud, May 08, 2011
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2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this into a pilsner glass, as it was all I had in the house at the moment.

A: A golden, straw-like colour. Looks like a standard lager. Less carbonation than I expected, however.

S: Smells quite good, actually. A little sweet, with a touch of hops at the end of the nose. I was surprised actually, considering it was shipped from Africa.

T: I'm not going to lie, I was a little disappointed. Maybe it was the green in the bottle, but I may have had something a little skunky. It was flat- the carbonation in the glass didn't transfer onto my palate. I was also thrown off- I couldn't taste any of the malt, and the hops were overpowering a in a lager.

M: Not pleasant to drink, but not unpleasant. I'd have a couple of these, but it would only be if I were planning on having some food with it.

O: Overall, I wasn't entirely impressed- but not turned off. This is actually the first African beer I've ever had, so I'm looking forward to exploring other flavours and styles.

tgorgz, May 01, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

undated 12 oz bottle served in pint glass. Label warns(?) "contains barley".

Pours a light yellow gold; clear; 1 finger white head with moderate retention.

Sweet malty aroma; nice toasted grain notes but rather subtle. Flavor follows aroma; in this case, even the 'sweet' aroma is accompanied by a quite sweet flavor. Indeed, there's even more sweetness in the taste, and I believe this brew would benefit from more hops.

O - African Coors? Pretty much, albeit a little more interesting, sweet and appealing. Not a great beer, but still a pleasant and refreshing beverage.

chinchill, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around five minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, cereal, hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. Surprisingly, there a few different flavours going on. I can taste breads/grains mixed with cereal and honey. There are also some apple and lemon flavours and some herbal notes. It finishes with a nice slightly sweet grainy and herbal aftertaste.

Overall - I found this beer to be very drinkable and better than the average beer in this category. It was a little bit on the pricey side for what it is, but I'd still probably buy it again.

spinrsx, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This poured just like any other lager would, a yellowish gold with a good head at first that faded quickly. The aroma had some hints of citrus to me. Not really sure where that was coming from but it sparked my interest. The taste was basically like most lagers out there. This brew wasn't too bad but it wasn't anything overly special either.

Knapp85, Mar 27, 2011
Tusker Premium Lager from East African Breweries Ltd (Kenya Breweries)
70 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.